Frugality is an admirable trait. Crafting supplies – especially yarn – are more expensive every week. Large projects often leave small amounts of leftover yarn. Don’t throw those partial skeins away! There are so many things you can do to make the most of every last inch.
The most obvious use for small pieces of yarn is a small pattern. Instructions for crocheted flowers and butterflies abound. These make cute air accessories and refrigerator magnets. An attached length of wide ribbon creates a unique bookmark. You may also want to collect small treasures to embellish larger projects.
Another great way to use your scraps is to create a multicolored scarf, afghan or pillow. Simply change colors as often as you need until your project is finished. My afghan illustrates how beautiful a scrap piece can be. They have an eclectic, bohemian look. If you have the space, save your scraps and sort them by color and texture. You may find an all-blue scarf or pillow more attractive than one that has both warm and cool colors. If you’d rather add your bits and pieces as you go, keep your project in a box. Use a barrette or stationary clip to keep the end from unraveling until you’re ready to add another row or two.
You may be tempted to use leftover yarn in all of your projects. This can have beautiful results. However, there are precautions that you must take. Items that may be chewed or manhandled – pet or baby blankets and toys – should be made from a continuous strand of yarn. Each new splice created when you change colors becomes a potential weak point. When eaten, yarn can become a digestive blockage, a serious concern. Never allow an infant or animal to play with or wear a crocheted item without supervision. It is always best to be cautious.
Crafting is a process that draws beauty and function from raw materials. What better way to demonstrate the art and technique of crocheting than by salvaging unused yarn and using it to create new projects? Remember that small balls of yarn are still balls of yarn! Give them new life as a sweet sunflower pendant, a delectable watermelon bookmark, or a creation of your own design.